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Choice Does Not “Siphon” Public School Money: A Primer

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March 22, 2021 1 - 2 PM EDT
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Featuring Ben Scafidi (@edeconKSU1), Professor of Economics and Director of the Education Economics Center, Kennesaw State University; Martin Lueken, Director, Fiscal Research and Education Center, EdChoice; moderated by Neal McCluskey (@NealMcCluskey), Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.

COVID-19 has powerfully impacted K–12 schooling, making it especially clear that no single school can serve all diverse children and that families need options. As a result, at least 28 states have seen legislation introduced this year to increase or expand private school choice. Unfortunately, a myth that has long dogged school choice continues to stand in the way: that choice “siphons” money from public schools. In this forum, Ben Scafidi and Martin Lueken, who tackle the siphoning myth in the new Cato book School Choice Myths: Setting the Record Straight on Education Freedom, will furnish a primer for dispelling the myth, explaining why it makes little sense generally and debunking it specifically for two states currently looking to expand choice.

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